Royals bring back familiar face in Ibanez; DFA Maxwell, Ciriaco
RaulIbanez gives the Royals a veteran left-handed bat off the bench for now, as well as depth in right field, left field and even first base.
Raul Ibanez previously played with the Royals from 2001-2003.
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By Jeffrey Flanagan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seeking to improve the Royals' bench, general manager Dayton Moore signed veteran Raul Ibanez, who resurrected his career in Kansas City, and called up utility infielder Christian Colon, the team's top pick in 2010.
Ibanez, 42, will give the Royals a veteran left-handed bat off the bench for now, as well as depth in right field, left field and even first base.
"He's a highly productive major-league player," Moore said by phone. "And he gives you a professional at bat."
To make room for Ibanez and Colon, the Royals designated for assignment outfielder Justin Maxwell and infielder Pedro Ciriaco, both of whom already have cleared waivers once this season.
"(Maxwell) is a talented player," Moore said. "There will be better days ahead for him."